Saturday, November 16, 2019

Corsair QL120 RGB Fans

You can find reviews of Corsair's new QL120 RGB fans here and here!

Specifically, I want to talk a little about their new QL series of RGB fans that is launching today. I’ve had them around the office for a few weeks and I’ve had time to play around with them a little. Corsairs' big change with QL fans is that they have “spectacular lighting from any angle”. 

Redbox Agrees to Stop Selling Disney Movie Download Codes

First of all...who knew that Redbox was still in business? Secondly, just wait until Disney no longer allows ANYONE else to license their content. Trust me, that is coming next.

The case began when Redbox got a hold of Disney's "combo packs," comprising a Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a digital code. Redbox's traditional business has been renting kiosks in  in retail stores throughout the nation. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have disrupted that business. To compete, Redbox disassembled the "combo packs" and sold the download codes cheaply and separately.

Google Scales Back Weekly Meetings Due To Constant Leaks

I thought Google employees wanted transparency and the ability to voice opinions and concerns? Nice job screwing that up.

Google’s weekly town halls, internally known as “TGIF” meetings, have been emblematic of the company’s professed belief in a transparent corporate culture, giving employees a chance to talk with management about plans for the future. But faced with an ongoing parade of leaks, Google is cutting the meetings back to once a month and shifting the focus away from employees’ political concerns.

Hulu + Live TV Now $120 MORE Per Year

When Hulu costs more than cable, it's time to say goodbye.

Today, we’re letting customers know that the monthly base price of Hulu + Live TV will increase to $54.99, beginning December 18. The new price better reflects the substantial value of Hulu + Live TV and allows us to continue offering all of the popular live news, sports and entertainment programming included in the plan.

Huge Inflatable Breast Outside Facebook HQ

Of course Facebook claims this was a mistake. Then again, if you want to get technical, it very well could have been. I mean, how many staffers have actually seen a real breast?

A medical tattooist who draws nipples on women who have lost them due to mastectomies, says she’s being blocked on social media after her work is being mistaken for pornography.

BioWare Plans A Complete Overhaul For Anthem

But why?!?!

For the last few months, BioWare and parent company EA have been planning an overhaul of the online shooter, according to three people familiar with those plans. Some call it “Anthem 2.0” or “Anthem Next.”

New Mass Effect in Development?

Please god let this be true. Well...unless it's more of the "there wont be A, B, or C endings only to have Red, Green and Blue endings." Ahem..Casey Hudson style shenanigans. Just sayin'.

BioWare, meanwhile, is still invested in role-playing games. In addition to the much-anticipated Dragon Age 4, which BioWare teased last year, a new Mass Effect game is in very early development at the Edmonton office under director Mike Gamble, a longtime BioWare producer.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Coke & Butane = Slow Motion Rockets

I had no idea this was even possible.

Cool Custom PC of the Day

After posting my rant earlier about dirty PCs for sale on the internet, I thought I'd post this beauty to (over) compensate for that last picture. See more pics here.

Rant of the Day

If you are selling a "Gaming PC" for over $2,000 on Craigslist / Facebook / OfferUp please, at the bare minimum, peel off the duct tape, buy a can of compressed air and clean your damn rig before you post it. *end rant*

Fortnite/Star Wars Crossover

If you are a fan of both Star Wars and Fortnite you'd better hit this link to see what Epic Games has in store (literally) for you.

Jedi: Fallen Order Review Round-Up

Reviews of Jedi: Fallen Order are out now and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

GameSpot
The Verge
Kotaku
VentureBeat
Eurogamer
Ars Technica

PayPal Pulls Out of Pornhub

PayPal can do what ever the hell it wants to, always has, always will. Don't like PayPal? Don't use them. This is coming from a guy that had PayPal freeze almost $7,000 of my funds for six months with no explanation whatsoever before graciously allowing to make a "one time" withdrawal of my funds. Guess who no longer uses PayPal? ME! Guess who no longer has issues with PayPal...ME!

We are all devastated by PayPal's decision to stop payouts to over a hundred thousand performers who rely on them for their livelihoods, the company said on its blog. It then directed models to set up a new payment method, with instructions on how PayPal users can transfer pending payments.

Lian Li Lancool II Mid-Tower Chassis Review

TweakTown has the Lian Li Lancool II on the test bench today. Make sure you take the time to check out this review. Trust me when I say that Shannon is one of the best case review specialists out there.

Today, we have the next iteration in the Lancool family with the Lancool II. This chassis looks to improve on build compatibility and of course, RGB to ensure aesthetics are on point for what users would expect.

Palit GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GamingPro Review

Overclockers Club has a review of the Palit GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GamingPro that you really should check out if you are in need of a quality budget GPU.

Palit is one of those companies that have been around for ages, yet never really in the limelight in North America. You often find one listed on a website with little to no information or reviews. Which is a shame because I always had a good experience with the brand. Palit tends to keep things simple and forego the over-the-top extravaganza, which, unfortunately, lack of over the top flare doesn't make for good a news topic.

Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Announce Grounded

During X019 in London, Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment today announced Grounded, a new first-person, co-op survival game coming Spring 2020 to Xbox One digitally through Xbox Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store, and on Steam. Grounded will be the first Xbox Game Preview title available with Xbox Game Pass.

Apple’s MacBook Pro Powered By AMD's Radeon 5000M Series

AMD today announced that the latest Apple MacBook Pro features the new AMD Radeon™ Pro 5500M and 5300M mobile GPUs. AMD Radeon™ Pro 5000M series are the first 7nm discrete mobile GPUs for professional users, leveraging industry-leading process technology and powerful AMD RDNA architecture to provide groundbreaking levels of graphics performance for video editing, 3D content creation and macOS-based game development.

Western Digital Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

Western Digital Corp. today announced that the board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share of common stock (the "cash dividend"). The cash dividend will be paid on January 21, 2020, to the company's stockholders of record as of January 3, 2020.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2020

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the third quarter ended Oct. 27, 2019, of $3.01 billion compared with $3.18 billion a year earlier and $2.58 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $1.45, compared with $1.97 a year ago and $0.90 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.78, compared with $1.84 a year earlier and $1.24 in the previous quarter.

Intel Board of Directors Elects New Director

Intel Corporation today announced that James (Jim) J. Goetz was elected to Intel’s board of directors. His election marks the sixth new independent director added to Intel’s board since the beginning of 2016.

“Jim has a keen understanding of how technology is evolving and a strong track record helping technology companies capitalize on disruptive innovation,” said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant. “Jim has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market-leading positions, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. Jim’s technical insight, substantial operating experience, growth mindset, and deep private and public company board experience, all will further strengthen Intel’s board.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fractured Minds Released

According to this post at Blue's News, Fractured Minds is now available on Steam.

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Review

I missed posting HotHardware's review of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in this afternoon's round-up so here it is for all to see.

It may not have arrived at the exact time AMD originally promised it, but the company's many-core Ryzen 9 3950X was absolutely worth the wait. This is a killer processor, no matter which way you slice it.

John Carmack Stepping Away From VR For AI

Here's a snippet from the full Facebook post.

Starting this week, I’m moving to a "Consulting CTO” position with Oculus. I will still have a voice in the development work, but it will only be consuming a modest slice of my time. I’m going to work on artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Ford Naming New Electric SUV The Mustang Mach-E

Do you smell that? That's right, it's called desperation. They should have went with Mustank-E. Next up, Chevy will release a SUVette maybe? Dodge will follow with an electric SUViper?


Ford confirmed its new electric SUV will be called the Mustang Mach-E ahead of a debut event scheduled for Los Angeles on Sunday. Until now, the Mustang name has been used only on a line of sporty coupes associated with Detroit’s 1960s muscle car era. 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Review Round-up

Reviews of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

Tom's Hardware
Anandtech
TweakTown
ExtremeTech
Gamers Nexus
PC World
TechSpot
Guru3D

Stupid Criminals of the Day

I got a great idea...let's steal cars and then post pictures of ourselves with said stolen cars on social media. Genius!

MORE FREE GAMES!!

Epic Game Store is offering up The Messenger for free.

CORSAIR Launches iCUE QL RGB Fans

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a new line of PC cooling fans to elevate the aesthetics of any build: CORSAIR iCUE QL RGB PWM fans. Available in 120mm and 140mm sizes, every QL RGB fan features quad light loops lit by a total of 34 individually addressable RGB LEDs, creating incredible visuals from either side. Multi-fan kits of QL RGB fans are bundled with a CORSAIR iCUE Lighting Node CORE RGB Lighting Controller, capable of controlling the lighting for up to six CORSAIR RGB fans at once through CORSAIR iCUE software.

6 New Teams Vie to Take Crown in Student Cluster Challenge

Let the supercomputing games begin. In an around-the-clock race spanning two days, the annual Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition will feature 16 teams of undergraduates tackling real-world computing workloads using NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs. There are six new teams for this year — three each from China and the U.S. — taking on an immersive HPC challenge that demonstrates the breadth of skills, technologies and science that it takes to build, maintain and use supercomputers. They join 10 other teams that have competed previously.

Healthcare Startups Shine Spotlight on AI for Radiology

Radiology leaders have gathered for over 100 years running at RSNA, the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, to discuss the industry’s latest challenges and opportunities. In recent years, AI in medical imaging has become a key focus — with startups at the center of the conversation. Startups around the world are building AI solutions for a universal problem in medical imaging: limited time. Faced with rising numbers of patients being imaged, as well as the growing size of MRI and CT scans, radiologists must interpret one image every three or four seconds to keep up with the workload.

Western Digital To Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

Western Digital Corp. today announced participation in four upcoming investor conferences:
  • Event:             RBC Global Technology, Internet, Media, and Telecommunications Conference
  • Presentation:  Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:10 a.m. PT / 9:10 a.m. ET
  • Event:             Wells Fargo Technology, Media and Telecommunications Summit
  • Presentation:  Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:55 p.m. PT / 6:55 p.m. ET
  • Event:              UBS Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference
  • Presentation:   Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET
  • Event:              Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference
  • Presentation:   Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET
The live and archived presentations will be available via webcast on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.

Allianz Partners With Microsoft

On Thursday, Allianz SE and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic partnership focused on digitally transforming the insurance industry, making the insurance process easier while creating a better experience for insurance companies and their customers. Through the strategic partnership, Allianz will move core pieces of its global insurance platform, Allianz Business System (ABS), to Microsoft’s Azure cloud and will open-source parts of the solution’s core to improve and expand capabilities.

Microsoft and Salesforce Expand Strategic Partnership

Microsoft Corp. and Salesforce on Thursday announced plans to expand their strategic partnership to help customers meet the evolving needs of their businesses and boost team productivity. Salesforce has named Microsoft Azure as its public cloud provider for Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Salesforce will also build a new integration that connects Salesforce’s Sales Cloud and Service Cloud with Microsoft Teams.

Holiday Look Book 2019: Give Intel. Get Amazing.

The hottest gifts this holiday season are the newest experiences powered by Intel technology. Thin-and-light laptops and 2 in 1s powered by 10th Gen InteI® Core™ processors deliver amazing levels of intelligent performance and graphics capabilities for stunning entertainment experiences along with best-in-class wireless and wired standards for fast, flexible and easy connectivity.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How Red Dead Redemption 2 Plays On Different GPUs

Put it this way, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the new new "Crysis."

You probably don't want to go to a full 4k (4096 x 2160) with a GTX 1080 card. I manually dropped every setting to the lowest possible, which resulted in an average of 46 fps. 

Mark Wahlberg Joins Tom Holland in ‘Uncharted’ Movie

Wait, wasn't Mary Mark going to play Nathan Drake back in 2010? Now he's going to play Sully while Tom Holland is going to play Drake? WTF?!?!

Travis Knight (“Bumblebee”) is directing the movie that follows Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries. Wahlberg will portray Victor “Sully” Sullivan, an American treasure hunter, fortune seeker and businessman, as well as a friend, mentor and father figure to Drake. Holland is set to play Drake.

Google Confirms All The Stuff Stadia Won't Have At Launch

This gets more 'meh' all the time.

Ahead of Stadia’s launch next week, Google’s representatives fielded questions during an AMA on Reddit about what exactly the video game streaming service will include in the beginning. The answer is, not much.

Dell Unveils Subscription Model to Counter Amazon, Microsoft

About time Dell got with the program.

Dell Technologies Inc. will offer business clients more flexible, on-demand buying options for products like servers and personal computers, seeking to counter the lure of cloud services from Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

Ballistix Elite DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit Review

ThinkComputers has published a review of Ballistix' Elite DDR4-3600 16GB memory kit today.

Today we are checking out their BLE2K8G4D36BEEAK kit, which is a 16GB (2x8GB) kit running at 3600 MHz with timings of 16-18-18-38 at 1.35V. Besides being quite fast this kit features a sleek black anodized heat spreader and is backed by a lifetime warranty. 

The Witcher Renewed for Season 2

The Witcher has been renewed for a second season already.

The eight-episode second season will begin production in London early in 2020, for a planned debut in 2021. The eight-episode first season will launch on Netflix on Dec. 20. Cavill will return for the second season as protagonist Geralt of Rivia, with Anya Chalotra returning as Yennefer along with Freya Allan as Ciri.

More Workplace Political Battles At Google

Looking for a high paying job with great benefits, free food, free onsite gym, massage therapists, unrivaled death benefits, paternity/maternity leave? I hear these guys are hiring.

Google said it has fired an employee for leaking staffer names and personal details to the media and placed two others on leave for allegedly violating company policies, evidence of escalating tension between management and personnel engaged in labor-related activism.

Rune II Released; Human Head Closes

What a bummer. The silver lining is that, according to this report, Bethesda has offered everyone jobs.

November 2019 Intel Platform Update

According to the latest platform update from Intel, the company will be fixing a total of seventy seven security vulnerabilities this month.

Intel is heavily invested in both industry collaboration and in conducting security research into our own products. As a result, while we are addressing 77 vulnerabilities this month, 67 were discovered internally through our own testing, validation and analysis. 

Google To Offer Checking Accounts Next Year?

At first I was like "hell no." But, after thinking about it for a minute, I realized they couldn't be any worse than my current bank.

Alphabet Inc’s Google will offer personal checking accounts from sometime next year in partnership with Citigroup Inc (C.N) and a small credit union at Stanford University, a person familiar with Google’s plans said on Wednesday. 

The Most Banned League of Legends Champion

What does this tell you?

Following the conclusion of Worlds 2019 on Sunday it became official that Pantheon is now the most banned champion in League of Legends history.

Torch The Competition With Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming Storage Solutions

Seagate Technology, a world leader in data solutions, today added two new high-performance solutions to its industry-leading line of storage for gamers. The Seagate® FireCuda® 520 PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD and the FireCuda Gaming Dock features 4TB of HDD storage capacity and an NVMe™ M.2 expansion slot for an optional ultra-fast SSD upgrade.

Sydney Startup Uses AI to Improve IVF Success Rate

In vitro fertilization, a common treatment for infertility, is a lengthy undertaking for prospective parents, involving ultrasounds, blood tests and injections of fertility medications. If the process doesn’t end up in a successful pregnancy — which is often the case — it can be a major emotional and financial blow. Sydney-based healthcare startup Harrison.ai is using deep learning to improve the odds of success for thousands of IVF patients. Its AI model, IVY, is used by Virtus Health, a global provider of assisted reproductive services, to help doctors evaluate which embryo candidate has the best chance of implantation into the patient.

Intel Speeds AI Development

Today at a gathering of industry influencers, Intel welcomed the next wave of artificial intelligence (AI) with updates on new products designed to accelerate AI system development and deployment from cloud to edge. Intel demonstrated its Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processors (NNP) for training (NNP-T1000) and inference (NNP-I1000) — Intel’s first purpose-built ASICs for complex deep learning with incredible scale and efficiency for cloud and data center customers. Intel also revealed its next-generation Intel® Movidius™ Vision Processing Unit (VPU) for edge media, computer vision and inference applications.

2019 Intel AI Summit Replay

Intel hosted its 2019 Intel AI Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in San Francisco. Watch the replay to hear from Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Artificial Intelligence Products Group, as he shares significant product updates across the Intel artificial intelligence portfolio in addition to Intel’s vision for the future of AI hardware and software.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Thermalright True Spirit 120M Rev.B Review

NikKTech has published a review of the Thermalright True Spirit 120M Rev.B CPU cooler today.

It may not be able to compete with larger models but for a compact CPU cooler the True Spirit 120M Rev.B by Thermalright actually surpassed our performance expectations.

Days of War Closed Beta Next Week

If you are interested in getting in on the Days of War closed beta, check out this post at Blue's News.

XFX RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA Review

Another review of the XFX RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA has popped up on the internet. This time around it is the crew at Vortez doing the reviewing.

In our hands is the XFX RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA – a factory overclocked variant of the XT bearing a triple fan configuration. THICC III is broadly based on the THICC II with some notable differences, the most obvious being an upgrade from two fans to three fans, but that isn’t all. The heatsink has been extended and the VRAM now benefits from the use of the use of copper.

Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD Reviews

If you are in the market for a new portable SSD, check out these reviews of the Crucial X8 1TB here and here.

Crucial has long been a leader in SSD technology due to its connection to Micron. That said, for the longest time, the Lexar brand catered to consumers the portable flash solutions that came from the minds of Micron. With the discontinuation of Lexar and subsequent sale, Crucial has risen to take on these tasks offering their first portable SSD, the X8.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900 Review

AMD's new Ryzen 9 3900 is on the test bench today at Tom's Hardware.

The Ryzen 9 3900 offers incredible performance-per-watt within a friendlier 65W TDP envelope, which equates to less power consumption and lighter cooling requirements. 

Crucial MX500 2TB SSD Review

Nee more than 1TB of space for your primary hard drive? Check out the Crucial MX500 2TB. That ought to fix you up.

Today we test on OCinside.de the big Crucial MX500 SSD with 2TB capacity! Already some months ago we tested the Crucial MX500 with 1TB, which performed well. However, since some users don’t get along with 1TB total size, we now take a close look at Crucial’s largest MX500 SSD to date and compare it with dozens of other SSDs.

XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra Review

LanOC has published a review of the XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra today. You might as well read their Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G review while you are there.

Because I’ve seen a lot of people who think that the II and III in the names is the revision number, no it represents how many fans the card has. Anyhow I went through and retested all of our RX 5700 XT’s including the Thicc II Ultra and then tested the new Thicc II Ultra as well and today I’m going to check out the new card and see how it performed in our test suite. Is the new model enough to justify a flagship price? We will have to find out!  

Another Fortnite Pro Banned By Twitch

What's with all the Twitch bans lately? This kid was banned for playing with a banned player on his team.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, who plays for Misfits Gaming, was handed the ban last night (November 11) after playing with Zayn, who is banned indefinitely from the streaming platform. Twitch’s terms and conditions clearly state that streamers cannot play and stream with someone currently serving a platform ban.

GeForce Game Ready Driver 441.20 WHQL

NVIDIA has released new GeForce Game Ready WHQL drivers today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs. If you have plans to play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, you might want to update your drivers. See the full release notes here.

Fixed Issues in this Release
  • [Red Dead Redemption 2][Vulkan][Maxwell GPUs]: Geometry corruption occurs on some Maxwell GPUs. 
  • [Red Dead Redemption 2][Vulkan]: G-SYNC disengages when disabling V-Sync on the game. 
  • [The Surge 2] VULKAN_ERROR_DEVICE_LOST when using driver version 440.97. 
  • [Quake 3 Arena]: Colors in the game become washed out when set to 16-bit color. 
  • [HDR]: HDR black levels are grey on LG OLED55C9. 
  • [CS:GO]: The game experiences performance drops in certain CPU-limited cases. 

What If AI Actually Isn’t Out for our jobs?

This guy has a point, I mean, AI can't be too smart if it wants to willfully replace the fry guy at McDonald's.

What was once the stuff of science fiction is fast becoming reality. We are increasingly interacting with futuristic and intelligent machines on a daily basis, within our homes and to an even greater extent in our workplaces, where technology’s increasing sophistication and prevalence is beginning to disrupt the world of work. 

YouTube Will Delete Your Account If You're Not 'Commercially Viable'

I've said it for years, YouTube can do whatever it wants. Don't like it? Don't use it. It's as simple as that.

“YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.”

Uber CEO Calls Saudi Murder Of Journalist A Mistake

What is with Uber's CEO's always saying ignorant crap like this (and then immediately walking it back).  Lame.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said in an interview with Axios that the murder of the journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia was a “serious mistake,” before comparing the incident to the death caused by Uber’s self-driving car and adding that “people make mistakes, it doesn’t mean that they can never be forgiven.” 

Microsoft AI Can Help Diagnose Cervical Cancer Faster

This could literally be a life saver.

The AI model can now differentiate between normal and abnormal smear slides with accuracy and is currently under validation in labs. It can also classify smear slides based on the seven-subtypes of cervical cytopathological scale. The classification includes interpretations ranging between normal and the pre-cancerous to cancerous stages.

Cool Video of the Day

The actual movie sucked but this is cool as hell.

Google Announces Stadia’s Launch Day Game Lineup

Google Stadia: Pay for the hardware, pay for the service, pay full price for the games and then sit back and chew through your bandwidth cap like crazy. How will Steam and EGS ever compete? 😏

Accelerating Disaster Relief Efforts with AI

With lives at stake, and the clock ticking, mastering disaster may be the ultimate AI challenge. Teams from Johns Hopkins University, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and NVIDIA Wednesday outlined how they’re working to put AI to work speeding disaster relief to where it’s needed most. The teams spoke about their work at GTC DC, the Washington edition of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, which brought together more than 3,500 registered attendees — policymakers, business leaders and researchers among them — to discuss and learn about the latest in AI and data science.